A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 14, 1963

FEW stories that U.S. reporters are ' called upon to cover are as fascinating, as exhausting, as much fun -and as important-as presidential politics. Last week, as the 1964 presidential season opened in earnest, TIME reporters fanned out across the country following candidates and prospective candidates, quizzing professional politicians and talking to just plain voters. They found that 17 months before the next presidential election, the country is unusually involved in the game of candidate watching.

White House Correspondent Hugh Sidey flew west from Washington with John F. Kennedy, and discovered "the sights,...

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